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LION SHEPHERD was formed in 2014 in Warsaw (Poland) by Kamil HAIDAR (vocals, lyrics) and Mateusz OWCZAREK (electric guitars, acoustic guitars).

October 25, 2015 the band released debut album ''Hiraeth''. It's a mix of ethnic world music, melancholy prog and a modern TOOL-esque heaviness with the Middle Eastern vocals and motifs. The album got a very positive response, earned high notes and good reviews from Polish and foreign music portals, communities and magazines.

From October 15, 2015 band toured with RIVERSIDE and The SIXXIS in Great Britain, Germany, Portugal and France.


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3.17 | 10 ratings
4.46 | 9 ratings

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Brave New World / Fly On


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 Heat by LION SHEPHERD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.46 | 9 ratings

Lion Shepherd Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

5 stars One of the benefits of having built up contacts over the years, is that sometimes I receive albums that I wouldn't have otherwise have come across. One day I was talking to my good friend and fellow writer Olav Bjørnsen in Denmark, and he told me that he had a duplicate of the new album by Lion Shepherd, and would I be interested in hearing it. A while later it turned up in the post, and I was impressed even before hearing it as here was fold out digipak that opened out so it formed a cross, with plenty of information on all sides, the booklet pasted into the top section, and the CD in the middle. A lot of effort and money had gone into this, and it is rare for a band to have that much spent on them unless they are quite special.

I undertook some research, and was somewhat surprised to discover that the guys were Polish, based around singer Kamil Haidar and Mateusz Owczarek (electric guitars, acoustic guitars, Irish bouzouki). They were joined on the album by Łukasz Adamczyk (bass), Sławek Berny (drums, percussion), Kasia Rościńska (backing vocals) and Wojtek Olszak (keyboards). The reason I was surprised was that musically this certainly sounds as if its roots are in the UK and the US as well as the Middle East, and I firmly expected the band to come from one of those two countries. They themselves describe their music as a "mix of world music, trance, progressive rock, blues, and Middle Eastern motifs. In addition to traditional European instruments, there is the Syrian oud lute, the Persian santur, and various Indian and Arabic percussion instruments." It is like nothing else I have ever heard from Poland, mixing and melding styles from many musical forms into something that is layered, polished, melodic and almost poppy on the first hearing, but with percussion and underlying musical motifs that transcend any particular genre or culture.

That this album is a masterpiece is never in doubt, that it is firmly one of my albums of the year is also something that isn't even up for debate. Each song brings a new delight, a new style, a new passion, and is one of those where the class and power shines through from the beginning to the very end. I knew it was special when I saw the packaging, I just didn't know how very special it was. This is essential.

 Hiraeth by LION SHEPHERD album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.17 | 10 ratings

Lion Shepherd Crossover Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Lion Shepherd's debut shows all their influences! But is that enough?

I had the opportunity to see this band live in Spain, back in 2015 together with Riverside and The Sixxis. They are pretty good live, with a surprisingly good sound and more than sufficient skills.

There is also an undeniable overall quality on Hiraeth, even with a couple of very good songs. But listening to this album it's impossible not to have the impression that the band did not show its full potential. The songs are lacking some sort of progression. They are not adventurous enough to appeal the true progressive fans, but also too complex to mainstream audiencies.

The vocals of Kamil Haidar are the absolute protagonist here, together with the good guitar work of Mateus Owczarek. The rest of the band just make a good and professional work, but nothing really remarkable.

Hiraeth opens wih Fly On, a good entry to the band imaginarium and sort kind of summary of the album's style. Catchy melodies, strong vocals and good guitar solos, with an ethnic oriental feeling that automatically brings acts like Orphaned Land to mind. Lights Outs offer the most intimate side of the band, with melloy guitars and a fine acoustic solo, while Brave New World is a hard rock bullet with a catchy chorus. A little too simplistic, but effective and a good song for concerts.

Music Box Ballerina sadly can't maintain the good level of the three previous tracks, resulting in a boring and a little too pretentious crossover prog song, with an odd touch of bands like Deadsoul Tribe. I'm Open is not related with Pearl Jam (sorry for the bad joke...), it's a song in the style of Opeth's Damnation, a bit forgettable. Past if Mirror is nonetheless the best song of the whole album, with fantastic guitar melodies and anoher catchy chorus suitable for live acts.

Wander is also the best slow song in the album, with anoher good vocal work from Haidar. Infidel Act of Love has some nice melodies, but it's too boring and superficial despite it's interesting melodic change towards the end, and the same can be said for Smell of War, a song that promises a lot with the growls and strong riffs wich reaches an abrupt and odd ending... This could have been a fine progressive metal song, guys!

The mid-tempo Strongest Breed ends in a misterious and intimate way... Not a really proper ending in my opinion, but I can't say it's a bad song.

Conclusion: Hiraeth is a good album, but far for brilliant. It lacks some sort of complexity or real progression in its songs. It's like the band was not brave enough to develope it's whole potential to make a really memorable and deep prog metal album. The result is an odd but interesting mixture of pop, metal and oriental music that will surely please both folk and prog metal lovers. And that's all, sadly.

But like I said, I think that Lion Shepherd are full of potential, good ideas and a strong live performance. So let's hope the best for Heat, their 2017 release!

My rating: ***

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